Students from more than 30 schools to participate in UT’s first national sales competition

February 26, 2016 | Events, UToday, Business and Innovation
By Bob Mackowiak

Professional sales students from more than 30 universities across the United States will be at The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27, to compete in the inaugural UT Invitational Sales Competition.

The competition will take place in classrooms and meeting rooms throughout the Savage & Associates Business Complex on Main Campus.

web sales competition logoThe first rounds of the competition will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, followed by the second round from 1:45 to 3 p.m., and quarterfinals will be from 4 to 5:40 p.m. The competition will conclude Saturday with the semifinals from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. followed by the finals from 10:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

The winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Student Union Auditorium.

“The Edward Schmidt School of Professional Sales is widely recognized as one of the top educational sales programs in the nation, and we regularly send teams to other universities to participate in major sales competitions,’ explained Deirdre Jones, director of the school. “Most sales competitions are intended for senior sales students, so we decided to establish a unique competition for freshmen, sophomore and junior sales students. This allows the students to practice and sharpen their sales skills earlier in their sales studies while also allowing employers to be the first to interact with the developing sales professionals of tomorrow.”

Sales students will experience rounds of competitions and coaching sessions, as well as participate in a career fair and attend a Walleye game during the two-day event.

“We are extremely pleased by the participation of so many respected sales schools from universities such as Missouri, Florida State, Purdue, Tuskegee, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Georgia State and more,” Jones said. “Furthermore, we are excited that major companies such as our product sponsor 3M, our Rocket sponsor Quicken Loans, and other major companies, including Goodyear, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Reynolds & Reynolds, will be interacting with these students in role plays, as coaches, at our career fair and more.”

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